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SPLASHHEROES – The VILLAINS Edition – 2020 AurumLight Calendar

It is finally here!

Our new 2020 AurumLight Calendar. And for this year we have the fan-favourite series SPLASHHEROES and this time with a twist – The VILLAINS Edition!!

You can order your copy here:

Thank you for your support!

It is a few years since the first set of SPLASHHEROES, so I hope you all are happy that these special woman are finally back!


To make this year calendar happen we have used paint and water only!
Close to 100 galons (450litres) of liquid to be exact.

The project was stretched in time – and in this case the first shoot was done in May and the last during my Splash Workshops in October 2019. All together it was 8 studio/shooting days.

This year we have 12 splashy Vilenesses, well almost twelve… Because like in the previous SplashHeroes calendar – not all ladies were heroines – so this year not all of them are evil. And I am sure you can find the ones.

There is something that fascinates me about villains… It is probably the fact that among other things they simply cause chaos and give things to do to Heroes. Without the first group there wouldn’t be a need for the second – in our case making the SplashHeroes five years ago was an action simply waiting for a reaction and it is happenning this year!

So without further adieu I present you SPLASHHEROES 2020 – The Villans – AurumLight Calendar:
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The Cover

For that series we have prepared special wigs that were done by my good friend Katrina Bets who worked with me on the first SplashHeroes Series.

We worked with 6 very skilled models that also worked with us before.

The interesting point is that models are generally very patient people and used to repetitions, many takes, studio surrounding and a lot of people that runs around them. But not necessary they are familiar with a cosplay concept or even the superheroes in general. So sometimes it is tricky to get them to be emotionally invested in the actual character they portray.
On the other hand Cosplayers not always are comfortable with the modelling part of the project were you are pretty much exposed to everything and everyone.

So the goal is to find someone in between these two worlds and you are good to go!

The illustrations and the concepts required a specific props.
And for this series we had to cast a bunch of plaster skulls, build a set of horns or a crazy bat…
It was something different and fun to work on!

And when I say that our models are really good – check the January concept one more time above and now you will see that we had to threw the liquid on the models head!

So that is it!
I hope that you have enjoyed this one. We certainly did!

Even though it was a lot of work – starting from a sketch – going through the wet and long studio photo  days finishing with weeks of postrpoduction…

If you would like to have the calendar in print were you can enjoy all the illustrations in their full glory and resolution…

You can order your copy here:

Last but not least!
Acknowledgements – If you look carefully you will notice many references – especially to J. Scott Campbell who is one of my favourite artist on the comic book scene! But also Artgerm and many others.
I enjoy comic books and have a lot of respect for people that make them happen. I thank them for many years of jogging my imagination!


Concept & Photography:
Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz

The AurumLight team:
E.Wieczorkiewicz, A.Ciesielska, Carl Keane, D.Cabaj, R.Borowski, A.Swirkowicz, A.Wozniakowski, R.Ruksztello, M.Rozenski & A.Wieczorkiewicz,
Malgorzata Lewczyk, Katrina Betts
Monika Syntycz, Paulina Guzinska, Ula Toczko, Patrycja Banas, Justyna Wojciukiewicz
A.Wieczorkiewicz, A.Swirkowicz, D.Cabaj

Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz


We are in the process of putting the calendar of Workshops and Seminars events for the up and coming year 2020 – if you would like us to make a trip to your city – Please drop us a line at:  and we will see can we add that location to the list!

Many thanks


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Australia SPLASH TOUR 2013 – Summary

Hey Everyone!

I don’t know how about you but for us January went like a blast!

Very exciting times ahead and we are thrilled about new up and coming projects.
I Will let you know all about them in the near future…

But first I would like to thank everyone who purchased the AurumLight 2014 Milky Pinup Calendar!
It means a lot and makes what we do possible! We deeply appreciate it.

Cheers for a fantastic end of year!
…and what a finish it was!

We wrapped up 2013 with an Australian Splash Tour and we had a fantastic time!
This time we visited Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Big thanks to our friends at L&P Digital Photographic – who made the tour possible!

Without their great efforts at the other end, the tour would have been a serious mission.

Our participants were given an opportunity to work with high-end gear, and shoot with Phase One IQ260 and full house of Profoto lights!

The last time we shot in Oz, we made quite a mess [images from 2011 Splash Tour], and since our Australian friends were so encouraging I decided to make a proper splash again!
Thanks to understanding owners of the studios from Brisbane – Ross Street Studio, Melbourne – Young St Studios and Phase Studio in Sydney we were able to shot illustrations like this one below.

Here is Shay as The Milky Demon from a new series that will follow in a short while.

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We also have found a bit of time to relax in Byron Bay which is quite an extraordinary part of the world!

I have a sketchbook that I carry around. When the moment is right I love to sit down and make some visual notes to myself.
And this is the environment where the storyboard for new AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar came about! And the first shoot for that project is already sheduled this month. We are very excited!
I’ve felt like a writer on his winter retreat.

… it was a great time that I shared with my lovely wife. We can’t wait to come back in 2015!

Once again, Thanks to our partners, teammates, models, participants and everyone who made this OZ tour possible.

And now… AurumLight WORKSHOPS 2014 !
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

To all who are asking for up and coming dates – Yes, we are preparing something special for this year!

We will visit this year:

April 5-6 – London, United Kingdom
May 17-18 – Frankfurt, Germany
May 24-25 – Milan, Italy
July 20-24 – Schloss Hoff, Austria
August DateTBC – Switzerland
USA SPLASH TOUR 2014 in September/October!
We would like to visit both coasts this time and few a cities in between!

If you are interested in any of above events you can register you interest by sending us email with your city of choice to:
We will get back to you with the newsletter as soon we will secure the venue and the date.
The booking pages for London and Frankfurt events will go life tomorrow morning.


AurumLight Beauty & Fashion Workshop with OlegTi

That was a great information packed weekend!
We worked in depth to understand and learn how to precisely control your light and make absolutely stunning portraits In-Camera without the need for Photoshop!

If you missed it, don’t worry as we will come back in that format in the future.

These were two separate events aimed to cover different material, focused on working with model and studio lighting.
The quality, direction, distance and power – you might think that these are basics but I assure you it is more important than you would expect.

Starting with simple yet effective, going through the complex, up to the creative and unique setups.
We worked with a hard light trying to avoid cutting corners with a “Big-Softbox-up-high-on-45-deg” scenario.

Most of the photos below were done with just Einsten heads equipped with a standard 8,5″ reflector additionally with ROSCO frosted, conversion or coloured gels.

Combine that with the Mixed Lighting Setup we presented some time ago, here on the blog and you unleash an unlimited creative application in both Beauty & Fashion genres.

Models: Jemma Jade Saare & Jay Jessop

All the best!

*** Workshops ***

MILK Workshops in AUSTRALIA 2013!
Book youplace nowhere: >>>BOOKING PAGE

BRISBANE Nov 23-24 2013
MELBOURNE Nov 27-28 2013
SYDNEY Nov 30-Dec 1 2013


My best regards



This time we would like to take you on a short journey through the meanders of the mind of a mentally ill person who is trapped in their own surreal world where even a guardian can appear as an intruder…

Concept and Design: Jaroslav & Katkinoko



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[…there is one more frame in the series…]

… but that one will only be available as a print at our exhibition later on this year.
So please watch this space!


Hope you enjoyed the pictures!
Thank you for all your emails and comments! They are really encouraging!


I would like to make one more note on that occasion.
Often when I speak to aspiring photographers I hear: “… oh if I only had a studio to work in…” well, please take a look on the setup shot below:

You will notice that we worked within a very limited floor area, and I am sure that most of you will find that amount of sqm at your place!
Just remember you have 360° to work with your subject it is all about CREATIVITY!





Hi there!

I am very pleased to post another “MILK” illustration which we accomplished last week here in London.

But this time I wanted to build a bit more complicated form than usual !


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OK, let’s start from the beginning…

I came up with this idea long time ago but only recently we decided to go ahead.

When you do shoot something like this, the essential element is the concept.  And this time it was The Nun!

I wanted to mix innocence with a hint of devilish flavour!

Usually we are shooting Milk on Black BG but to reinforce innocence I decided to go for White.

Here you can see our reference photos:

The final image is an effort of the whole team which worked hard with me to make the whole process smooth and efficient as possible and I am very fortunate to have very talented and devoted people on board.

Few behind the scene photos taken by Meera,  where you can see Katkinoko doing her magic with Hair and Make-up, Sophie the Wardrobe stylist, my first assistant Magda and Ola, Misha and Michaela!

Last but not least!

Kudos to our fantastic model Ella Darling!

She was absolutely amazing – not everyone can handle 15 litres of cold Milk !


I would like to say thank you to all  who are contacting us asking about possible Workshops, advise or just postproduction technics!

I am pleased to say that we are planning to organise a two day Workshop in London later on this year!

If you are interested just drop us a line on with title “Workshops”.  We will send you a Newsletter as soon as we confirm dates!

So please watch this space!




Hi there!

We are quite busy here at the studio… so today just a simple BW post!

Hope  that you like it!